BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Marquee Cinemas’ Galleria 14 is ringing in the holidays ‘old school’ this month, showing some of the best Christmas movies ever made.
On the big screen this Sunday and Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., it’s The Polar Express.
On Christmas Eve a boy boards a mysterious train bound for the North Pole. This adaptation of the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg has a score by Alan Silvestri that features original songs plus classic holiday recordings from the 1940’s. The “performance capture” animation used by director Robert Zemeckis made it possible for Tom Hanks to play six roles, including Santa. (“The true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.”) Rated G
Sunday 12/17 and Wednesday 12/20, enjoy Will Ferrell’s hi-jinx as Buddy the ELF.
Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, an elf who is, well, different from the other elves. When Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) informs Buddy that he was adopted, he sets out to find his real father (James Caan). This surprise hit comedy has become a modern Christmas classic, thanks to Ferrell’s endearing performance as Buddy, whose childlike Christmas spirit softens the most cynical of hearts. (“Santa, HERE? I know him, I know him!”) Rated PG
And what a great way to spend a quiet Christmas eve – watching It’s A Wonderful Life on the big screen on Sunday 12/24 as well as Wednesday the 27th.
Frank Capra’s classic is a cherished Christmas tradition for countless families. Building & loan owner George Bailey (James Stewart) is all that stands between the people of Bedford Falls and the wicked miser Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore). When misfortune strikes on Christmas Eve, George realizes, with the help of an angel named Clarence, (Henry Travers) that he truly has a “wonderful life.” (“No man is a failure who has friends.”) Rated PG